Madrid: Murray Declares Himself Fit, Almagro, Ivanovic Upset

World No. 4 Andy Murray is anxious to get back into competitive action at this week’s Mutua Madrid Open. Murray had been suffering from an elbow injury last month after the Monte Carlo tournament which led him to withdraw from the Barcelona Open.

He has declared himself ready. “It’s good, I’ve been practicing since last Sunday,” “I went over to Barcelona and tried to practice on the Tuesday after Monte Carlo and it was a bit sore still so I took five or six days off.

Darren Cahill at Cliff Drysdale charity event in March 2011

Murray confirmed that he has begun working with Darren Cahill a member of adidas’ staff of coaches. “Darren Cahill was on the court with me yesterday (Saturday) and he’ll be on the court today, so yesterday was the first day I’d done anything with him,” Murray said.

The Madrid Open is already underway and Sunday’s action provided some surprises. American Bethanie Mattek-Sands recovered from 0-6, 1-3 to defeat the 15th seed Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. “The first set wasn’t the worst set I’ve ever played, she just came out on fire and I was missing a couple of shots here and there,” Mattek-Sands stated. “I just needed to get my footing beneath me on the clay and hang in there. It was great tennis – both of us were playing well, it just came down to who was better at the end of the day. Obviously I’m an aggressive player too and it paid off.”

Other upsets on the ladies side included the rising Julia Goerges who toppled 14th seeded Kaia Kanepi 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-4 and Vania King surprised Nadia Petrova.

Nicolas Almagro

First round action upsets among the men saw World No. 10 Nicolas Almagro lose to France’s Jo Wilfred Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez stopped 14th seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

WTA Results – Sunday, May 1, 2011
Singles – First Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63
(3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 75 76(2)
(7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (WC) Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 62 60
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (WC) Arantxa Rus (NED) 26 63 62
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 64 61
Julia Goerges (GER) d. (14) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 67(3) 61 64
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (15) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 06 64 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 63 63
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 76(6) 64
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 64
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (Q) Sania Mirza (IND) 64 63
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 64 26 63
(Q) Vania King (USA) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 61 76(5)
(Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 63 36 64
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 63 76(3)
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 75

Doubles – First Round
(5) Azarenka/Kirilenko (BLR/RUS) d. Hantuchova/Radwanska (SVK/POL) 46 63 106 (Match TB)
Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) d. Cornet/Goerges (FRA/GER) 63 62
(WC) Kuznetsova/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) d. Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) 61 75

ATP World Tour Results – Sunday, May 1, 2011

Singles – First Round
J Tsonga (FRA) d [10] N Almagro (ESP) 61 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [14] S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 57 64
S Giraldo (COL) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) 61 75
J Monaco (ARG) d A Golubev (KAZ) 26 62 62

Doubles – First Round
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d M Knowles (BAH) / A Roddick (USA) 76(2) 64

Order of Play – Monday, May 2, 2011

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
[6] N Li (CHN) vs M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) – WTA
[8] M Sharapova (RUS) vs E Makarova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 4:00 PM
[Q] T de Bakker (NED) vs [WC] J Ferrero (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[12] A Roddick (USA) vs [Q] F Cipolla (ITA) – ATP
[Q] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) vs [WC] D Safina (RUS) – WTA

A Kleybanova (RUS) vs [9] S Peer (ISR) – WTA

Not Before 2:00 PM
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [9] G Monfils (FRA) – ATP
J Isner (USA) vs [11] M Fish (USA) – ATP
[Q] A Falla (COL) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) – ATP
R Gasquet (FRA) vs [Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[Q] O Govortsova (BLR) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA

Not Before 2:00 PM
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs A Montanes (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [13] A Petkovic (GER) – WTA
[4] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] S Arvidsson (SWE) – WTA
E Vesnina (RUS) vs [2] V Zvonareva (RUS) – WTA

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

Not Before 12:30 PM
S Peng (CHN) / J Zheng (CHN) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / J Woehr (GER) – WTA
[WC] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs L Safarova (CZE) – WTA
[WC] F Schiavone (ITA) / S Stosur (AUS) vs S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) – WTA

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
[WC] S Halep (ROU) / P Hercog (SLO) vs C Dellacqua (AUS) / R Stubbs (AUS) – WTA
S Querrey (USA) vs M Llodra (FRA) – ATP
[WC] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [Q] P Riba (ESP) – ATP
M Cilic (CRO) vs P Starace (ITA) – ATP

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs I Benesova (CZE) – WTA
J Chela (ARG) vs [Q] A Mannarino (FRA) – ATP
[Q] V Hanescu (ROU) vs X Malisse (BEL) – ATP
R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) – ATP
T Bellucci (BRA) / A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP

COURT 7 start 2:00 pm
V Dushevina (RUS) / T Poutchek (BLR) vs N Petrova (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) – WTA
M Niculescu (ROU) / S Peer (ISR) vs S Hsieh (TPE) / Z Yan (CHN) – WTA
[WC] L Dominguez Lino (ESP) / L Pous-Tio (ESP) vs K Jans (POL) / A Rosolska (POL) – WTA

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